Zverev, Murray to play in Cologne as ATP adds 4 autumn events

Four more tournaments have been added to the men’s tennis calendar in autumn, including back-to-back events at Cologne in Germany, the ATP Tour announced on Thursday.

The Cologne indoor events are set for Oct. 12 to Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 to Oct. 25.

They are to feature, among others, three-times Grand Slam champion Andy Murray of Britain and German star Alexander Zverev, an Australian and US Open semi-finalist.

“It is great that two ATP events are staged in Cologne in this difficult season. It is always special for me to play in Germany,” Zverev said in a statement.

Organisers said that spectators would be permitted, with the number based on coronavirus-related restrictions.

Also set to start on Oct. 12 is a clay court event in Sardinia.

The fourth new event is in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan from Oct. 26, like Cologne on an indoor hard court.

The pandemic has led to a complete overhaul of the tennis calendar, with no play between March and August and the entire Asian swing in autumn also scrapped.

The season is to end with the ATP Finals in London from Nov. 15.

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